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The struggling world economy and a demographic boom saw MBA applicant numbers grow in recent years. But the last two years have seen a 10 to 15% decline in applications to many of the world’s top business schools. Is the market for the full-time MBA beginning to shift? The dominance of the 2-year MBA programme at US business schools has been severely tested in recent years, and the latest data suggests that applicants from around the world are now showing greater interest in shorter programs in Western Europe and Asia.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

When employment lawyer Thijs Glasz wanted to broaden the scope of his career outside of the law, the logical step was to join an MBA programme at a major international business school. But if he expected to be rubbing shoulders with fellow legal professionals, he was soon to be put ...

The MBA's new dawn in the East

The MBA’s New Dawn in the East

The balance of world economic power is shifting east, and the potential impact on business education is huge. Though GMAC reports that candidates from Asia Pacific make up 57% of the applicant pool to U.S. two-year M.B.A. programs, the heavy flow of applicants to schools in Europe and North America ...

Military and the MBA- Business on the Front Line

The Military and MBAs: Business on the Front Line

Taking an MBA at a major business school has become a well-trodden route for armed services veterans looking for a move into the commercial world. What better way, after all, to get a crash course in the basics of corporate activity, such as marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, that are conspicuous ...

The Art of Business Leadership

The Art of Business Leadership

Thirty years ago top business schools had a simple philosophy about how to teach students the essence of good business leadership. All you had to do was examine how the people who ran successful companies went about dealing with problems and opportunities and then follow their example. After a while, however, ...

Diversity- Shaking the MBA Martini

Diversity: Shaking the MBA Martini

Her Majesty’s Secret Service is not a typical feeder to the world’s top business schools. But assuming that James Bond could ace the GMAT and provide enough non-classified information in his essays to satisfy the admissions team of his significant accomplishments, then many MBA programs would welcome his perspective on ...

European Horizons for the MBA

European Horizons for the MBA

GMAT, the admissions test used by major B-schools as part of the application process, has long been an indicator of the pipeline of demand for business school. The number of tests taken in Latin American has increased by 35% in the past five years, and with it the number of ...

Teaching Entrepreneurship- Nature or Nurture?

Teaching Entrepreneurship: Nature or Nurture?

Do entrepreneurs really need a business-school education? Among the thousands of business schools now operating around the world you would be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t believe it can teach the skills of entrepreneurship. However, of the people who immediately spring to mind when one thinks of entrepreneurs—Bill Gates, Richard ...

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